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Playing The Point – May 8, 2017

By Jay Colby,

1. Houston Rockets tied series 2-2 – James Harden lead the Rockets with 28 points helping Houston rebound from two consecutive losses to beat the San Antonio Spurs 125-104.

February 3rd Recap: Top 5 Performers

By Jordan Dahan,

Only four games were played on Thursday. The teams featured included three powerhouses in the Western conference: the San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, and the Los Angeles Clippers. Red-hot teams like the Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards also made an appearance.

Grading the Off Season Acquisitions

Kevin Durant; Credit - Getty Images

Kevin Durant; Credit – Getty Images

By Garrett Span,

It’s never easy as a player having to play for a new organization, listen to new coaches, and work with new teammates. As the NBA regular season is almost 1/3 of the way through, it’s now fair to grade players who were traded to new teams in the offseason, on their performances thus far.

The Weekly NBA Power 7 – November 20th, 2016

Hassan Whiteside; Credit - NBA

Hassan Whiteside; Credit – NBA

By Ashley Douglas,

Things are getting more interesting as the 2016-2017 season progresses, and the teams we were all expecting to be number one aren’t necessarily where we thought they might be. There are some solid performances all across the league causing Hassan Whiteside to rank #1 in this week’s Power 7. Let’s look at the list and find out why.

7. Jimmy Butler – Jimmy Butler won’t rank on anyone’s list as a superstar, but nonetheless, he is an integral piece of the Chicago Bulls roster. With the recent addition of Dwyane Wade to the Bulls’ lineup, Butler has the help and leadership he needs to focus on what he’s good at. If there’s anyone who is great at setting up their teammates for success it is certainly Dwyane Wade. In the last 10 games Butler has logged a pretty impressive line with 25 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. Solid contribution for someone who was averaging just 14.1 points per game last season. Butler has also drastically improved his 3 point shooting abilities this year. Previously, he went for about 33% from 3, but now he’s tallying an impressive 45% from beyond the arc. Perhaps the acquisition of Wade in Chicago is the difference maker the Bulls needed to move forward.

6. Chris Paul – If you follow the NBA closely you may have already heard that the LA Clippers rank number one on defense in the league. It just so happens that they also rank number one in the Western Conference. As usual, CP3 has been clutch in making this happen. Averaging a respectable 18.4 points per game, Paul makes a solid offensive contribution each game for the Clippers. However, he truly “exists to assist” as the commercials say bringing 8.3 assists to each Clippers matchup. CP3 also adds value in steals. In the last 10 games he’s averaged 3.2 steals per game which usually results in a fast break and an easy bucket for the Clippers. These guys have been playing together for a long time, and they’ve finally gotten into their groove defensively–it’s safe to say we will continue to see the Clips progress nicely this season.

5. Wilson Chandler – Known as “Ill Will” in Denver, Wilson Chandler is recently back from an injury that kept him out all last season. However, he’s not wasting any time getting back to business and surely isn’t showing any signs of rust. So far this season he is averaging 16.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game off the bench. Some have even made the suggestion that he could be a great 6th man of the year candidate if he keeps this effort up. He has been particularly great at showing no fear at getting to the rim offensively. He seems to slide right in past big men as if they aren’t even there. He could use a little improvement on his 3 point shot which was previously a great strength of his, but that will come with more minutes and confidence.

4. LeBron James – It seems silly not to rank “The King” as number one on any list given his outlandish nickname, but at #4 on the Power 7 LeBron James has really done some great things this season that aren’t necessarily reflected in stats. James has had so much success in his career, and has made it known that he is far from done with being The King. However, his approach the last couple seasons is much more mature and reflective of a true leader. James is still impressing with 23.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, but he’s sharing the ball much more bringing 9.6 assists in per game. That ranks him third highest in the league for the assist category. James’s leadership abilities have always been natural, but in the last few seasons we have seen him move away from his old ball hogging tendencies to share the ball with the talented group of athletes he has surrounded himself with. Team work makes the dream work as they say, and The King has elevated to a new level which should make everyone very, very afraid.

3. Dwight Howard – Howard has had a career full of ups and downs. He’s an incredible athlete, but requires a strong leader to work under in order to be successful. Typically, strong minds require even stronger leaders and it appears that Howard has struck a good balance working with the Atlanta Hawks this season. At a towering 6 foot 11 inches, Howard is a juggernaut of force to be reckoned with under the rim. This year he is averaging 14.8 points and a remarkable 12.3 rebounds per game. His biggest effort comes on the defensive end where he has really given Atlanta the edge they need to be #1 or #2 in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta has had all the makings of something special, but have lacked the alpha personality to take them that one extra degree. Howard could prove to be that difference maker for the Hawks organization this year.

2. DeAndre Jordan – What I like about DeAndre Jordan is that he’s a role player. He knows his position on the team. Jordan plays very well alongside Blake Griffin and CP3 contributing 11 points and 12.2 rebounds per game in the last 10 games. Much like Howard, Jordan’s main contribution to the Clippers comes in his ability to defend the rim. Alongside Griffin, Jordan lets very few balls get past him and the Clippers have been able to hold their opponents to well below 100 points per 100 possessions. Chris Paul recently stated that the Clippers are excited to play defense now, and even though they don’t know what it is that changed, they’re happy with the progress they’ve made.

1. Hassan Whiteside – As I was evaluating the stats and watching the games these past few days, it quickly became evident who would rank #1 in this week’s Power 7. To be honest I was a little surprised. Hassan Whiteside is no LeBron James, but he’s certainly making a huge impact for the Heat this season. The Heat have been in a rebuilding situation after losing LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, and Whiteside looks to be the next in line to inherit a big responsibility with Miami. Whiteside is tallying 17.6 points per game, but he’s a stunner on the boards at 16.2 rebounds per game. Whiteside is succeeding nicely alongside Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters who also tally double digit points per game. These three make up a solid new core for the Heat, and the list of talent on their roster goes on and on. LeBron may have been the magic on the Heat for the years he led them to victory, but don’t let that take any credit away from the coaching genius that is Erik Spoelstra. Coach Spo knows how to win games, and he’s hard at work getting ready to make another run for it.

As always it’s been one interesting week for the NBA, and as always I’d love to hear your thoughts on who you think ranks in the Power 7 Weekly. My column has moved to Sundays now so tune in each week to see who makes the cut! Follow me on twitter @ashleyd1206.

Which NBA Players Will Have A Dissappointing 2016-17 Season

Derrick Rose; Credit - Getty Images

Derrick Rose; Credit – Getty Images

By Brent Best,

When most people think of the 2015-16 NBA season, the first things that come to mind are likely the Golden State Warriors going 73-9, Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour, and the Cavaliers finally bringing a championship to the city of Cleveland. Aside from the Cavs’ championship, the other two highlights featured some major disappointments. For Golden State, it was their inability to win the NBA championship despite having the best regular season of all time. And for Kobe Bryant, it was him shooting a career worst 35.8 percent from the field and missing a number of games due to simply being physically unable to play.